a most imposing bird

There is this awesome place in Utah that I hope to visit before I die.  It’s the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City. They have a FB page where they post wonderful photos of their birds. I saw a photo they posted of their Wreathed Hornbill (Rhyticeros undulatus), Zelda. I fell in love with her and wanted to draw her very badly. I requested permission to use their photograph as a reference and they granted it. So without further ado, here’s Zelda.

Zelda. Colored pencil, appx 14"x17". Reference with permission of Tracy Aviary.
Zelda. Colored pencil, appx 14″x17″. Reference with permission of Tracy Aviary.

I think she’s the most difficult bird I’ve attempted so far. I hope I did her justice.

One thought on “a most imposing bird

  1. Judy says:

    Ouu that is an interesting bird!! I think I’d like to go to the Tracy Aviary too!! I think you did it excellent justice!! Always amazes me how you can get such life to the eye with a pencil!! Keep doing birds, I like the way you draw them!!

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